Pai Gow Poker

Pai-gow Poker is an American card-playing derivative of the centuries-old game of Chinese Dominoes. In the early 1800’s, Chinese laborers introduced the casino game while working in California.

The game’s reputation with Chinese gamblers eventually drew the interest of entrepreneurial gamers who substituted the traditional tiles with cards and modeled the casino game into a new kind of poker. Introduced into the poker suites of California in ‘86, the game’s quick acclaim and reputation with Asian poker gamblers drew the focus of Nevada’s casino owners who rapidly absorbed the game into their own poker suites. The popularity of the game has continued into the twenty-first century.

Pai-gow tables accommodate up to 6 players plus a dealer. Distinguishing from conventional poker, all players bet on against the dealer and not against every single other.

In an anti-clockwise rotation, every player is dealt 7 face down cards by the dealer. Forty-nine cards are given, including the dealer’s 7 cards.

Each gambler and the dealer must form two poker hands: a good hand of five cards along with a low hands of two cards. The hands are based on classic poker rankings and as such, a two card palm of two aces will be the highest feasible palm of two cards. A five aces hand would be the greatest 5 card hands. How do you obtain five aces in a standard fifty-two card deck? You are in fact wagering with a 53 card deck since one joker is permitted into the game. The joker is regarded as a wild card and can be used as one more ace or to complete a straight or flush.

The highest 2 hands win every game and only a single player having the two highest hands simultaneously can win.

A dice throw from a cup containing three dice determines who will be given the very first hand. After the hands are dealt, gamblers must form the 2 poker hands, keeping in mind that the 5-card hands must often position larger than the 2-card hand.

When all gamblers have set their hands, the dealer will produce comparisons with his or her hand rank for pay outs. If a gambler has one hands higher in position than the croupier’s but a lower 2nd hand, this is regarded as a tie.

If the dealer beats both hands, the gambler loses. In the situation of each gambler’s hands and both dealer’s hands being identical, the croupier wins. In gambling establishment play, ofttimes allowances are made for a player to become the dealer. In this case, the gambler must have the money for any payoffs due succeeding players. Of course, the gambler acting as croupier can corner a number of large pots if he can beat most of the gamblers.

Several betting houses rule that gamblers cannot deal or bank 2 back to back hands, and a few poker rooms will offer to co-bank 50/50 with any gambler that decides to take the bank. In all situations, the croupier will ask players in turn if they would like to be the banker.

In Pai-gow Poker, that you are given "static" cards which means you might have no chance to change cards to maybe improve your palm. Nevertheless, as in traditional five-card draw, there are strategies to make the best of what you have been dealt. An example is keeping the flushes or straights in the five-card hand and the two cards remaining as the second high hand.

If you happen to be lucky enough to draw 4 aces and also a joker, you’ll be able to keep three aces in the 5-card hands and reinforce your 2-card hands with the other ace and joker. Two pair? Keep the increased pair in the five-card hands and the other 2 matching cards will produce up the second palm.

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